GENESEO – It was not the kind of start the Morris football team wanted.
Playing on the road at Geneseo, the Redskins quickly went down three touchdowns before getting on the board right before halftime.
Then again, it wasn’t exactly the finish they were hoping for either – a 42-7 defeat to the Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs scored with 2:19 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Rayce Singbush, but the point after touchdown kick failed, leaving the score at 6-0. The drive was all on the ground in six plays covering 52 yards.
Geneseo scored again at 8:55 before halftime on a Luke Snyder 9-yard touchdown run. Singbush then ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.
That drive went five plays and 31 yards and was set up after a bad snap over punter Matt Darlington’s head.
The lead grew to 21-0 after Snyder intercepted Morris quarterback Griffin Sobol on the Redskins’ 30.
Again the Maple Leafs took advantage of the short field and scored on a 2-yard run by Ryan Webster.
That came with 6:37 left before halftime and Kevin Wolak’s kick made it 21-0.
“They are a team that eats up the clock,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “And their defense did a real good job on us, as well.”
Morris finally responded in the ensuing drive and scored in the next series.
The Redskins went 63 yards over 14 plays and eventually hit pay dirt on a 1-yard touchdown run by Sobol. Jake Reed’s PAT kick brought the score to 21-7 at intermission.
The second half started out much the same as the first, however, as Geneseo scored at 8:10 on a 68-yard touchdown run by Snyder and later Singbush scored on a 10-yard touchdown run at 2:57.
Wolak made both kicks to make it 35-7. The second score came after a Morris fumble gave Geneseo the ball at their own 41. That drive was nine plays in 3:03.
The Maple Leafs scored the final touchdown of the game when Jordan Schnowske scored from a yard out with 6:45 left in the game.
“That’s a good team. They were obviously the better team tonight,” Thorson said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but what it came down to is that they outplayed us. There’s no saying it any better than that.”
Geneseo ran for more than 300 yards while throwing only two times.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Thorson said. “We’re not giving up. We will find a way to fix this.”